Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dog, Cat & Rat

Got this in an email from my mother-in-law.

"This is a video of a homeless man in Santa Barbara and his pets. They work State Street every week for donations. The animals are pretty well fed and are mellow. They are a family. The man who owns them rigged up a harness for his cat so she wouldn't have to walk so much (like the dog and himself). At some juncture the rat came along, and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started riding with the cat and, often, on the cat!"

"The dog, will stand all day and let you talk to him and admire him for a few chin scratches. The Mayor of Santa Barbara filmed this clip and sent it out as a holiday card."

Thanks, Martha

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What I've Been Doing All Day

Can you believe all these cookies? I've never made so many cookies! Cookies, cookies, cookies! Find the recipe over on Southern Plate. This recipe is supposed to make 112 cookies. It feels like 1112 to me - ha! They're good though.

I also tried my hand at making peppermint bark.

We're having our Christmas with my in-laws tomorrow at our house, so I've been busy, busy, busy cleaning and cooking and wrapping presents. Had to take Maddie to the doctor today. Turns out she's got an ear infection - her very first one.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Little Drummer Boy - Johnny Cash

I don't know why, but this is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. Maybe it's because my grandparents played this record every year at Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Maddie Asks Why

One day while in the car, Maddie started asking me tons of "why" questions. Some of them made me laugh, so I decided to write them down. Here's just a few:

Why don't cars fly?
Why do bees fly?
Why do elephants blow air and water out of their trunks at you?
Why do trucks don't drive themselves?
Why do trees have leaves?
Why do books don't move?
Why do monsters have legs?
Why do mamas have eyelashes and eyes?
Why do bears growl at you?
Why do ducks scare you sometimes?
Why do potties don't fly either?
Why do I hide?
Why does the sky have clouds?
Why do pigs oink?
Why do I jump?
Why do fairies fly?
Why do you have a nose?
Why do books have pages?
Why do peoples have arms?
Why do doors have a knob?
Why does a remote put on shows?
Why do pumpkins have stems?
Why do lamps don't turn theirselves on?
Why do I love you?
Why do the birds tweet?
Why do pillows have pillowcases?
Why do I shut the door?

I'm sure there's plenty more to come. Now, if I only knew the answer to all of them.

What Christmas Is All About


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What To Buy A Man For Christmas

Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.

Rule #1: When in doubt, buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.

Rule #2: If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. “Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?” “OK. By-the-way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?” Again, no one knows why.

Rule #3: If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car: a 99 cent ice scraper, a small bottle of de-icer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

Rule #4: Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn’t have invented Jockey shorts.

Rule #5: You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out. If you have a lot of money, buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.

Rule #6: Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or deodorant. I’m told they do not stink — they are earthy.

Rule #7: Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. “Socks. Shorts. Cups. Saucers. Door. Lock. Sink.” You get the idea. No one knows why.

Rule #8: Never buy a man anything that says “some assembly required” on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over. No one knows why.

Rule #9: Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears Clearance Centers are also excellent men’s stores.) It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t know what it is. (”From NAPA Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn’t this a starter for a ‘68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! Thanks.”)

Rule #10: Men enjoy danger. That’s why they never cook - but they will barbecue (No one knows why). Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. “Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?”

Rule #11: Tickets to a football game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to “A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts.” Everyone knows why.

Rule #12: Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain saw. If you don’t know why, please refer to Rule #7 and what happens when he gets a label maker.

Rule #13: It’s hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.

Rule #14: Rope. Men love rope. It takes them back to their cowboy origins, or at least the Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8″ manila rope. No one knows why.


I wonder, is there any truth to this?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Newest Member Of Our Family

Meet Wallie. Isn't he adorable? He is nine months old. We adopted him from the wonderful people over at Arlington Kittens & Cats. He is by far the nicest, sweetest cat I think I have ever seen.

We hope he loves us as much as we love him.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - This Will Come Back To Haunt Me

I have a feeling Maddie will have issues with this. Poor baby. She looks so pitiful that it makes my heart hurt.

For more Wordless Wednesday, go here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sad Gingerbread House

This is possibly the saddest gingerbread house ever. My mother, sister, Maddie and I decorated it last week. Maddie and I had never decorated a gingerbread house before. As for my sister and mother, I have no excuse for them - ha!

Even though it looks horrible, we had a great time doing it.

What Movie Is Your Christmas Most Like?

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.

Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

What Movie Is Your Christmas Most Like?

I guess I never considered A Very Brady Christmas a Christmas movie. I thought for sure it would be A Christmas Story - love that movie.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Southern Plate + Southern Beauty Magazine = Greatness

Christy from my all-time favorite food blog, Southern Plate, will be a contributing writer for Southern Beauty Magazine. She's having a giveaway on her site where one very lucky Southern Plate reader will win a Beauty Basket, filled with over $200 worth of pampering products for face, hair, and body courtesy of Southern Beauty!

Go here to check it out.

Wordless Wednesday - Glamour Girl

For more Wordless Wednesday, go here.

Camera Strap Cover Giveaway

Go check out this blog for a chance to win a beautiful handmade camera strap cover made by Shey B. They are adorable and I need one for a certain someone in my family!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Baby Shower

Who in their right mind would say that?


Toy-A-Day Blog

I read about this over on Tell Me Something I Don't Know. He says:

The toy-a-day blog is an awesome site that not only displays a nifty little paper toy each day, it also provides you with a corresponding PDF file that you can use to make one yourself!

Go check it out.

I Like To Move It

Madagasar 2 music video.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Squeaky Toy


Disney On Ice

We went to Disney On Ice this weekend, my mother, Maddie, myself and a friend of my mother's. I had never seen people ice skate before - well, never seen professionals ice skate before in person. It was really a neat show.

The main characters were The Incredibles. I've never seen the movie or even a cartoon of The Incredibles. Is there a cartoon? I have no idea. Anyway, the show was really cool - focused a little too much on The Incredibles for me, but still an awesome show. Definitely worth the money.

You can tell by Maddie's face below that she loved it.

In other news...we went to a Mexican restaurant after the show - El Asadero. I read about it over on a blog called Fort Worth Hole In The Wall. The food was pretty good. I've had worse and I've had better. What I did like was the mariachi band that came in and serenaded Maddie for a few bucks.

You can tell by the look on her face that she didn't care for it too much though. She said it was too loud. Aww, come on, Shorty, that's what makes it good!

Maddie's Pick - Take 7

So I totally forgot to take a picture of Maddie's favorite books this week - and I can't remember the names of any of them but one. It was my favorite. One of the cutest books I've seen in a long, long time. And here it is:

It's called When Cows Come Home for Christmas by Dori Chaconas. It's a cute story about cows coming home for Christmas and a little accident happens and they turn it into something good. Very cute rhyming story!

12 Days Of Christmas @ The Lil' Peanut Patch

The Lil' Peanut Patch

The Lil' Peanut Patch is having a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. They've selected a wide range of products to giveaway. Head over there and enter for your chance to win.